THE FULL TIGER RIDE

Penang to Phuket

Ao Nang Beach

Penang to Phuket

The Tiger Ride’s Mad Dogs and Wild Cats categories both follow the same general itinerary. The main difference being the distance cycled, with the Mad Dogs category cycling the entire distance, and Wild Cats cycling approx 30km before and after lunch, scooting the rest in the comfort of a vehicle.

DAY 1 (10 November 2020) – ARRIVE IN PENANG

Street art in Penang

You’ll check into your comfortable hotel in central Georgetown and hopefully have time to explore this lovely city. No doubt you will want to sample

the famous Penang street food. You can’t leave without trying the unique Laksa!  This is a very special place indeed, an appropriate start for an adventure on a majestic scale.

Sate treats at a Penang night market

DAY 2 (11 November 2020)

 

 GEORGETOWN, PENANG TO TASOH LAKE (THE PENANG DASH)

 

 

MAD DOGS: 173KM WILD CATS: APPROX 60KM

 

 

Those in the Mad Dogs category will cycle a short way to the ferry from Penang Island to the mainland, while those in the Wild Cats category will start the day with a comfortable transfer to escape the urban environment. You’re off! An exceptional day of exploring rural Malaysia’s very best awaits you – you’ll see the country’s sleepy backroads and vibrant greens like you’ve never seen before – from the rice fields to the palm trees, the banana groves and the grassy verges. As you enter Malaysia’s smallest and northernmost state of Perlis you really will realise quite how far off the beaten track you have reached. You’ll spend the night on the banks of beautiful and remote Tasoh Lake which is only a few kilometres from the Thai border.

Tasoh Lake

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

Elevation:+ 487 / – 461 m

DAY 3 (12 November 2020)

 

TASOH LAKE TO YAN TA KHAO, TRANG

 

MAD DOGS: 172KM WILD CATS: APPROX 60KM

 

Pushing for the border

The morning mist adds to the allure of some mysterious karst scenery as the riders head towards the hilltop border. The day will start with a big (but not massive) climb up to the frontier, with utterly stunning views. Wild Cats riders can always jump in the vehicle if it’s a bit too much. The pace is gentle!

Outsiders rarely cross this remote border and Thailand welcomes the riders with a large bustling market as well as another glorious downhill into the countryside. Satun Province is safe but sees very few visitors, offering a privileged view into hidden parts of Thailand.

Reaching the hilltop border with Thailand

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

Elevation:+ 891 / – 922 m

DAY 4 (13 November 2020)

 

YAN TA KHAO, TRANG TO AO NANG, KRABI

 

MAD DOGS: 165KM WILD CATS: APPROX 60KM

 

You will spend the day enjoying the high-quality Thai roads and the very pleasant countryside. Possibly, being tempted by sweet smelling street stalls. As we skirt the town of Krabi, the karst topography becomes more intense, giving the final push toward Ao Nang a real buzz. The day gloriously finishes on one of the most beautiful and exotic seaside backdrops on the planet.

Reaching Ao Nang Beach

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

Elevation:+ 832 / – 833

DAY 5 (14 November 2020)

AO NANG TO PHUKET (THE PHUKET DASH)

 

MAD DOGS: 155KM WILD CATS: APPROX. 60KM

 

The karst scenery approaching Krabi

After bidding farewell to Ao Nang by touring the bay, you will spend hours passing through the most beautiful, extraordinary karst scenery. The route darts into and out of villages as the local children wave. It then heads into the lush hinterland, then take in some lovely coastal routes before victoriously crossing the stunning Sarasin Bridge onto Phuket.

The Sarasin Bridge to Phuket

From here it’s a short distance to the finish on Mai Khao Beach for celebratory beers and a swim in the lovely sea. What an adventure, what an achievement and what a place to finish!

Mad Dogs category elevation profile:

Elevation:+ 1236 / – 1231

DAY 6 LEAVE FROM PHUKET (15 November 2020)

Mai Khao Beach

You’ll wake up near the stunning beach with a great deal of satisfaction at the adventure that you have just completed. Perhaps you’re lingering for a few days, but equally you may be heading to the nearby Phuket Airport for the air lift home. Surely you’ll first reward yourself with a dip in the turquoise sea!

INFO

When is the next edition?

11, 12, 13, 14 November 2020. You will arrive in Penang on 10th November (hotel included) and check out of your final included hotel in Phuket on 15 November.

 

 

WHAT IS THE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT? (NOTE, YOU WILL ONLY NEED TO PAY THIS IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE PAIRED WITH (AN)OTHER RIDER(S) OF THE SAME GENDER.)

US$240

 

 

WHAT TYPE OF BIKE SHOULD I BRING?

For the Mad Dogs category, A road bike, fast tourer or hybrid would be most preferable. Triathlon bikes are not appropriate. For the Wild Cats ride, you could also use a mountain bike.

 

 

WHERE DOES THE ride START?

At a very comfortable hotel in the heart of Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

 

 

WHERE DOES THE TOUR FINISH?

The Mai Khao Beach area of Phuket – famous for its stunning beach which is directly accessible from the hotel. This is also very conveniently located nearby to the airport.

 

 

WHICH FLIGHTS SHOULD I BOOK TO GET there and HOME?

Penang, Phuket and Krabi airports are well served for flights. Check out Skyscanner for the best deals.

 

 

DO I NEED A VISA FOR MALAYSIA AND THAILAND?

Many natonalites are admitted at the borders of these countries without the need for obtaining a visa. Please find out whether you require a visa before travel; if you are in doubt please contact us.

 

 

Are there other FAQ’s?

 

Yes – please see the link in the main menu

 

Testimonial:

“I’m already looking forward to the next chance…” David Doran, management consultant, British